MARTHA

Martha was developed and released on February 8, 2021 by Affordable Cat. Martha is a first person horror shooter.

The developer has updated this game several times since release.

You are Isabelle Hewitt, a determined freelance reporter with a penchant for getting sh*t done and taking matters into your own hands. Your close work colleague, Jack Meyer, is missing and you have not heard from him in nearly two weeks. Having worked with him for over a decade, you know this is very much out of character.

Jack was in the regional outskirts of Annadeer to investigate a family who went missing from the Albrecht Estate, which is rumored to be struck by a family curse. The house has been left abandoned and now Jack is nowhere to be seen. Why so many missing people in the local area, you wonder.

FEATURES

  • Atmosphere meets action: Martha has all the tension of a first-person horror game but plenty of action. You won’t be a helpless victim holding a flashlight: you can use firearms, melee weapons and even your bare fists to fight your enemies.
  • Fight or flee: Ammo is limited and foes are deadly, so choose your weapons wisely. You decide how to tackle the encounters: do you run and wait them out or stand and fight like a boss?
  • Solve puzzles: Crack codes, discover combinations and enjoy the good old-fashioned key hunts that await you.
  • Uncover the truth: Martha has a rich story line, interesting characters and plenty of thrills.
  • Non-linear structure: You decide the sequence to tackle the challenges and find your own path.

Players may have to look around a lot to discover where items are located. Most doors are locked so keys have to be found. The building has 2 floors which make up the game world. Nothing is obvious to find after 20 minutes of wandering around. There are many documents that can be read which may have clues but nothing is obvious. The puzzle aspects at least get the players trying to figure it out.

Martha is more of a creepy dark environment compared to most shooters out there. Martha has some gameplay elements that give it some charm. For example a zippo lighter is used in place of a more common flashlight. The game even offers some hack and slash with an axe. The zombies are hard to kill. Even after they are down, they get back up and attack again.

The game has full controller support. Play tested it with the Xbox Carbon Black controller shows it works fine. The keyboard “E” to interact does not trigger all the time which seems to be a problem.

There are several jump scares in the game which lend themselves to the creepy atmospheric gameplay. The LG 27UL500-W panel here has very good contrast what this game leverages completely. As the player explores the house there are few things that are easily noted. The notes that are placed in various places can give some clues to the mystery. The can be read but they have to be returned to where they were found.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 or better
CPUIntel Core i5 or better
Memory4 GB or more
Hard Drive Space2.04 GB
Graphics HardwareGTX 660 or better
NetworkBroadband Internet Connection Required

This game uses the Unity engine. The game’s graphics are a bit demanding so more than a potato is needed.